Archive for the Photography Category

Canon celebrates 80th anniversary of the company’s first camera

Canon recently commemorated the 80th anniversary of the birth of Japan’s first 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera, dubbed the Kwanon, which was produced in prototype form in 1934.


The engineers who created the camera decided to name it after Kwannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, hoping the deity would share her benevolence as they pursued their dream to produce the world’s finest camera. The camera’s lens, called Kasyapa—after Mahakasyapa, a disciple of Buddha—also took its name from Buddhism. Additionally, the top portion of the camera body featured an engraving depicting the thousand-armed Kwannon.

In 1936, two years after the birth of the Kwanon and following much trial and error, Canon launched the Hansa Canon, its first commercial 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera, thus embarking on the Company’s history as a camera manufacturer.

1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 now available in Singapore

Good news for the Nikon photographers. The 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 now available in Singapore at limited Nikon Authorised Dealers such as Alan Photo, TK Foto, iPhoto and Gope’s Photo.


The 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is the world’s smallest and lightest super-telephoto zoom lens. It is the first 1 NIKKOR lens designed with a focus limit switch, which enables a faster autofocus for capturing fast-moving objects at a distance. Its compact design, coupled with the powerful Vibration Reduction function on the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 makes handheld shooting a breeze.

The 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 will be retailing at S$1,259.

Camera found after two years in the ocean with photos still intact

A camera lost during a shipwreck off the west coast of Vancouver Island two years ago was found by students conducting research dives. The camera is no longer working but they managed to retrieve the photos from the SD Card. The date stamp for the last photo is on 31 July 2012.


Yes, the camera was in the ocean for 2 years and the SD Card is still working. With a little help of Social Media, they managed to find the owner of the camera and return the photos that they took 2 years ago. And in case you are wondering, the SD Card is a 8GB Lexar Platinum II.


This is not the first time someone found a camera in the ocean after some time and still able to retrieve the photos from the memory card.

CANON EF interchangeable lenses surpasses 100 million mark

Canon recently announced that they have reached another milestone: the production of the company’s 100 million EF-series interchangeable lens.

The 100 millionth EF-series interchangeable lens is an EF200–400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x and was produced on 22 April 2014. The EF200–400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x was introduced in May 2013 and is the world’s first super-telephoto zoom lens with a built-in 1.4x extender.


Canon’s proprietary EF lenses, launched in March 1987 along with the EOS SLR camera system, have continued to evolve since their introduction, leading the industry through the incorporation of a wide range of innovative technologies, including such world’s firsts2 as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, and a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element.

DSLR Sensor Gel Stick

Saw this interesting product on YouTube. It’s a Gel Stick for cleaning your DSLR sensor. Unlike other cleaning product, the Sensor Gel Stick does not use liquid or compress air to clean your sensor. It uses a special gel that pull the dust or dirt off your DSLR sensor when you stick it on the surface. The gel does not leave any residue on the sensor.


The best part is that the Gel Stick can be reused over and over again. You can easily clean the Sensor Gel Stick using the adhesive paper provided. The Sensor Gel Stick retail at $39.99 and can be ordered online here.

Do you dare to clean your DSLR sensor yourself using the Sensor Gel Stick? Or would you prefer to let the professionals do the cleaning for you?